I've seen some bad trades in my day, but I'm having a hard time thinking of one as inexplicable as the Mariners trading Chris Snelling and Emiliano Fruto for Jose Vidro. There are trades that look good, but for whatever reason turn out bad. And there are trades that don't look so good, but because of the circumstances involved one can justify, or, at minimum, explain. This one is on a whole other level.
If someone can think of a reason for the Mariners to make this trade, I beg you to shine the light my way.
Jose Vidro is clearly on the downside of his career, he's 32, he is a defensive liability, he has a huge contract and he hasn't played a full season since 2003 because of injuries. Yes, Snelling is injury prone, but his upside is tremendous. He's young, he's cheap. If the Mariners, understandably, want to upgrade at DH, why not just make Snelling the designated hitter?
The Mariners are on the hook for $12 million for a guy who is a worse and older than the much cheaper guy they traded him for. What GM school did Bill Bavasi go to that told him that would be a good deal? If this trade was made in a fantasy league, it might very well be vetoed.
The league average OPS for DH last year was .810. Vidro's OPS the last three years combined was .776. Last season it was .744. And the Mariners are paying $12 million for that. And they're losing Snelling's upside. And we haven't even considered Fruto yet.
If there is an out-and-out worse trade somewhere, I'd like to see it.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 12/13/2006 11:29:00 PM